Saturday 22nd August
Crewe failed to trouble the scorers for the 2nd consecutive week as the game predictably ended 0-0. Both teams have struggling to create chances recently and yesterday`s results clearly showed where both teams have been struggling of late.
No dramatic changes following last Sunday`s woeful effort at Doncaster, George Abbey slotted in at centre half and Ben Rix was handed a start instead of Neil Cox in the middle whilst Byron Moore celebrated the signing of an extended contract with a starting place on the left hand side of midfield.
It was a game where defences were on top, Abbey slotted in nicely at the back and was arguably the pick of the players on show. Chances were in short supply as neither side could carve out any chances of note.
The only entertaining part of the first half was that the referee Mr Joslin was hit in the face by the ball to the delight of the disappointing crowd of just over 4,000. Many left their seats early as a drab first half came to a conclusion.
I thought that the 2nd half would be better, as it couldn`t get much worse than the drab first half that we had watched. As the home side I was hoping we come out and take the game to Millwall but the game just meandered to its conclusion, neither side looked like scoring.
In fact if we were still there now, I doubt neither side would have scored. So the home faithful went home frustrated. We now travel to Oldham next Saturday and hopefully we can break the goal drought.
Came in and looked assured at the back, Proved a more than adequate replacement for Baudet and O'Donnell. Fantastic debut for the former Port Vale man, looks to be a decent acquisition.
Ben Williams - 6
Billy Jones - 6
Danny Woodards - 7
Chris McCready - 7
George Abbey - 7
Byron Moore - 6
Steve Schumacher - 6
Ben Rix - 6
Gary Roberts - 6
Lee Barnard - 6
Ryan Lowe - 5
Eugen Bopp - 6
Must do a lot better, In defence we looked ok but we need to find a cutting edge. Far too many just sat back in midfield protecting the defence and hence we created very few chances.
We don't need two holding midfielders in the centre, and we need pace and goals from the wings. Up front Barnard needs a target man to play alongside him.
Plenty to work on, much more like this and plenty more will vote with their feets and not go the game.
Would be happy with a point from a difficult away fixture. With a bit more attacking license they probably could of had all three points.
Decent side who like us, when they sort out their attacking issues out will be a good side at this level.